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Posted on: October 23, 2019

Orange County Broadband Authority Virginia Telecommunications Initiative (VATI) Grants Update

The Orange County Broadband Authority received notice that all three (3) of its VATI grants targeting unserved areas in Orange County received challenges from internet service providers. The grant process through the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development allows businesses who claim to serve proposed grant areas the ability to challenge the grant application. Challenges must claim to provide service to at least 10% of the proposed grant area. 

The first project area challenged by Comcast and Virginia Broadband is located in the Barboursville area and consists of the construction of a fiber to the premise (FTTP) network within the following areas:

Albano Road – SR657

Poplar Meadow Lane

Angus Road

Ridge Road – SR644

Bluie West One

Scuffletown Road – SR609

Burnley Road – SR644

Spotswood Trail – US33 (Eheart to Woodroof RD)

Dogwood Lane

Taylorsville Road

Douglas Road – SR659

Tisdale Road – SR731

Evergreen Avenue

Vineyard Lane

Hamm Road – SR658

Wilhoits Mill Road (Approx. 1,000 feet from SR609)

Haney Drive (Approx. 1,000 feet from US33)

Woodroof RD – SR652 (US33 to Carey Town PL)

Harvest Lane

 

  
The second area challenged by Comcast is a fiber run from Orange to Culpeper Counties along Route 15. The project known as “Delivery of Technology- Culpeper, Orange, and Madison (DOT COM)” will allow Culpeper, Madison, and Orange Counties to install a necessary middle mile fiber route along James Madison Highway extending eighteen (18) miles. The project will serve schools, vocational training facilities, businesses, healthcare facilities, state agencies, and homes. An upgrade to the wireless infrastructure along the route will increase access to homeowners and home-based businesses in Culpeper County who are located in areas designated as unserved and underserved by the FCC.

The third project challenged by Virginia Broadband is in the Mine Run/Burr Hill area of the County and consists of the construction of a fiber to the premise (FTTP) network within the following areas:

Beech Drive

Keifers Ridge Road

Burr Hill Road – SR692

Laural Canyon Blvd

Catharpin Road – SR606

Mine Run Road – SR621

Cecela Lane

Morel Way

College Drive

Old Plank Road – SR621

Dulin Drive – SR608

Old Office – SR 602 (From Burr Hill RD to Zoar RD)

Enchanted Way

Orchard Street

Fieldstone Lane

Paynes Farm Road

Germanna Highway – SR3 (From Somerset Ridge RD to Spotswood Drive)

Spotswood Drive – SR760

Gold Dale Road – SR611

Walker Hollow Way

Gordon Farm Road

Walnut Ridge Way

Grasty Gold-Mine Road – SR692

Wilderness Farms Road

Indiantown Road – SR603

Williams Flank Road

Jackson Court

Zoar Road – SR611


For more information on each grant, please click on the links below.

VATI Grant Application with Virginia Broadband, LLC

VATI Grant Application with Madison Gigabit Internet, Inc.

VATI Grant Application with Hosted Backbone, LLC

The Orange County Broadband Authority is in the process of developing its response to the challenges. If you have a home or business in the areas described above and are interested in participating in the broadband survey you may find it here: orangecountyva.gov/broadbandsurvey

For more information or to comment about your access to broadband service in the areas above, please contact Lewis Foster, Broadband Program Manager by Tuesday October 29, 2019 at lfoster@orangecountyva.gov.

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